Fun For All Ages

The Rodeo of the Ozarks pre-rodeo events are especially fun for our youth! Saddle Up & Hang on tight because the Rodeo of the Ozarks is riding into Springdale and we want you to be a part of it! The popularity of our youth events continues to grow each year. This year we will have Mutton Bustin’ (ages 5-7, less than 55lbs) and a Wild [bouncy] Horse Race (ages 8-10).

The Top 4 riders each night will ride again during the rodeo performance to determine who advances to the finals on Saturday Night! Contestants must meet at 6:00 pm at the Southeast end of the rodeo arena!

Mutton Bustin’ Championship


Hang On!  It’s time for the 2022 Mutton Bustin’ Championship.  Mutton Bustin’ has grown to be one of the most popular and entertaining events at the Rodeo of the Ozarks.  Like the cowboy bucking events, time and score count, but all contestants receive trophies.  The winner each evening will compete for the overall Champion on June 25h at the Rodeo.


  • 4–7-year-olds (age at time of event, June 1, 2022)
  • Under 55 lbs 
  • Asked to wear long sleeve shirt & jeans.  


  • Youngsters will ride sheep out of a bucking chute into the rodeo arena
  • Each competitor will be timed and judged on their riding skills
  • Required to sit up straight – no choke holds
  • Top riders each night will ride again during the rodeo performance to determine who advances to the finals on June 25th.

Further Details

  • Meet at Southeast entrance to the arena at 6:00 pm – Event begins at 6:30 pm. Will get last minute instructions from organizers. Only 1 parent will be allowed in the arena with the participants. All participants and parents must have tickets to gain admittance – no tickets provided.
  • Will be outfitted in protective helmets
  • Event is 30 children each night. Please complete the entry form and liability release below by Monday, June 20th. The participants will be contacted by phone with details on times and dates.

Wild Horse Race

More information coming soon!

Contestants must be ages 8-10 for Wild Horse Race (age at time of event, June 22- 25, 2022)

4 contestants will go at one time and the one that crosses the finish line will compete for a final each night to have the top 3 winners.